The Last Station
On the one hand, this is an old-fashioned costume drama complete with stiff collars and an impressive amount of facial furniture. Station tells the story of Leo Tolstoy, the Russian author of War & Peace whose philosophy of passive resistance inspired Gandhi and Martin Luther King. On the other, Station is a tale of skullduggery and dirty tricks, as Tolstoy’s wife spars with the followers hoping to profit from the dying writer’s final testament. Sporting a beard that resembles Niagara Falls, Christopher Plummer is splendid as the noble Russian who enjoyed playing dress-up as a peasant, while Helen Mirren nearly acts her corset off as Mrs. T. Both were nominated for Oscars. James McAvoy watches the old pros from the sidelines and takes notes. The twinkly Atonement star strikes some memorable sparks of his own off a comely Tolstoy disciple, played by real-life wife Anne-Marie Duff.
Extras: Plummer and Mirren appear on the commentary track with writer-director Michael Hoffman (Soapdish). Outtakes and a documentary on Plummer’s career, a wild ride from The Sound of Music to the present.
- By C. Bottomley
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We sat down with Dakota Fanning recently while the young actress was doing press for the Twilight Saga: Eclipse in New York. Amazingly, we managed to avoid gawking at the starlet long enough to ask her a few questions about her role as Jane in the Twilight franchise, her friendship with co-star Kristen Stewart and how she handles the paparazzi that stalk her and her celebrity pals. We’ve got the first clip above – check back tomorrow for the second half of our interview. And now, to answer your burning questions about Dakoters (as we like to call her):
- Yes, she is totally poised, pleasant and gives off an air of being much older than she is.
- Yes, she was wearing a pair of killer, strappy gray heels and skinny jeans.
- Yes, she is a waif.
- And yes, she kind of intimidated us even though she’s half our age.
Amanda Bynes has quit acting at the ripe young age of 24. The former actress announced the news on Twitter, tweeting in quick succession:
Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem.
If I don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it.
I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it.
I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I’ve #retired.
Kinda weird because just last week she tweeted that her idols are “Marilyn Monroe (RIP) and Angelina Jolie.” Bynes hasn’t been in a movie since Hairspray in 2007. She added, “I’ve never written the movies & tv shows I’ve been a part of. I’ve only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play.”
So is that a hint that she’s going to start… scriptwriting? Directing? Something besides tweeting? [Photo: Getty Images]
The remake of The Karate Kid is getting a sequel. The Jackie Chan-Jaden Smith film raked in so much money at the box office this weekend (over $56 million) that Columbia Pictures has already started planning for a second film. A sequel to a remake – come on Hollywood, seriously? That’s just a diagram for how to be extra unoriginal. We might sound bitter, but that’s just because if there’s anything we love more than the original Karate Kid, it’s the sequel where Mr. Miyagi takes Daniel LaRusso to Okinawa to school him in the way of tea ceremonies and unrequited love, all of which is set to Peter Cetera‘s smash hit “Glory Of Love”. Why mess with perfection?
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It’s a tough life as a Twi-hard; always stopping what you’re doing to drool over the latest stills and watch (let’s be real – on loop) any newly-released clips. We at TheFABlife can relate, so we’ve graciously pooled all nine Summit-released Eclipse clips into one handy post. Put on your bibs Twi-friends, because it’s droolin’ time.
1. “He Doesn’t Own A Shirt”: Taylor Lautner may not take his shirt off for other movie roles, but Jacob needn’t be asked twice.
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Taylor Lautner doesn’t flash his abs for just anyone. In his new GQ cover story, Taylor explained his stance to the mag over dinner at the Olive Garden (“My father turned me on to it”). “Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt,” he says about his role in the comedy Valentine’s Day. “The script said we were walking into school and Willy takes off his shirt. I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. He’s gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? No, no, no. The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it’s written in the book that way. And there’s reasons behind it.” Hear that producers? Taylor isn’t a piece of meat! Those abs were in character!
He also needed them to keep the role—producers were seriously considering replacing him for New Moon if he couldn’t buff up. “I’m in the gym,” Lautner recalled, “and I’m doing reps, and I’m reading the books, and I’m studying the character. I’m just saying to myself, ‘I want this role. I love this role. I’m not gonna lose it. And I’m gonna know it better than anybody, and I’m gonna do that extra rep, because I’m gonna be Jacob Black.’” The world thanks you for your determination, Taylor—especially the teenage girl part.
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Sorry, screencap enthusiasts—Jennifer Aniston won’t be getting nude on screen anytime soon. “There are no plans for her to go fully nude or topless,” her rep told People about Horrible Bosses, her upcoming romp with Colin Farrell, “but the role does require an aggressive sexuality that many folks have not seen from Jennifer on screen before.” Many folks? Interesting word choice there. We thought they might be talking about some obscure, sex-minded film in her past, but even in dramas like The Good Girl and She’s The One she’s relatively drab. Is the rep talking about Derailed? Leprechaun?
“The part is provocative and sexual, but also hysterically funny,” promised the rep, suggesting the role may be more topless Julie Andrews in the ’80s comedy S.O.B. than nude Meg Ryan in the otherwise-forgotten thriller In The Cut. Both precedents were more than a little desperate, but when actress belatedly becomes a sexpot, they’re better off playing it for laughs. Here’s the important question though: will Jennifer’s sexy role infuriate Angelina Jolie and tempt Brad Pitt? We wouldn’t be a gossip blog if we didn’t ask.
See photos below of Jen spending her birthday in a bikini. “Aggressive sexuality”? We think she can handle it.
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Book of Eli
One of those pesky unnamed disasters has turned America into a giant dustbowl. Down these deserted highways a man must walk, and that man is Denzel Washington. For fortitude, he carries with him mankind’s last remaining copies of the Bible and Al Green’s Greatest Hits. (In one of this sci-fi adventure’s nice touches, his MP3 player is recharged by Tom Waits.) When greasy gang overlord Gary Oldman gets wind that Washington is carrying the gospels, the mano a mano stuff is on. Fans of I Am Legend may feel like they’ve been in this post-apocalyptic ‘hood before, but the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society) revitalize the motions with pulp flair and one of the niftiest shoot-outs in some time.
Extras: Warner Bros. Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack boasts a behind the scenes doc, deleted scenes, an Eli ‘toon and a featurette on the soundtrack.
- By C. Bottomley
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You know what must suck for actors? Not being able to run from a flop. Though the A-Team made less than half as much money in its first week as The Karate Kid (four badasses don’t remotely equal one Jaden Smith, apparently), the film still requires some international promotion, explaining the forced grins of Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel and all the other not-likely-to-see-a-sequel actors by the Eiffel Tower in Paris yesterday (the laughing-or-shrieking Bradley even did a modest reprise of his Hollywood premiere shtick, showing up in a jeep instead of a tank).
Whether The A-Team is really an A-Team, Paris is really Paris, meaning the stars didn’t have a hard time getting their loved ones to come along for the trip. Jessica was spotted at dinner with Justin Timberlake, while Bradley’s girlfriend Renee Zellwegger got her jog on nearby. See photos of all the stars in the gallery below.
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